Retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson is not interested in serving as the secretary of Health and Human Services.
His business manager and close confidante Armstrong Williams said that Carson won’t join the incoming Trump administration and would only serve as an unofficial adviser. According to Circa, Carson has been offered the secretary position.
However, speaking to The Hill, Williams said:
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him. Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”
The renowned surgeon has been one of Trump’s staunch supporters ever since he suspended his presidential campaign. He has also been one of those who has been widely expected to be a likely pick to lead Health and Human Services, particularly because of his significant experience in medicine. The agency is one of the prime mechanisms through which a Trump administration would work to roll back President Obama’s signature healthcare law the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
Earlier this month, Trump described the doctor as a “brilliant physician” and said he hoped his former foe “will be very much involved with my administration.”